The Metropolitan Cathedral
The simplicity of its façade leads to a sumptuous artistic display inside
With striking contrasts
A true symbol of the city and one of its great architectural gems. The Metropolitan Cathedral is the most important Catholic church in Cali; it was built over the course of several decades and has undergone various renovations over the years: its construction started in 1772 in a Baroque style, however, it wasn’t until 1841 that it was finished with the addition of the elegant tower which crowns it, built in a neo-Classical style; the damage caused by subsequent earthquakes meant that the façade and the bell tower had to be taken down and rebuilt, resulting in its present-day appearance. The simple exterior façade contrasts hugely with the artistic wealth of the interior, where of particular note are the impressive colourful stained glass windows, the lamps and the imposing main altar, which houses an elegant silver altar. No less remarkable is its tubular organ, one of the largest in Colombia, which has been in operation for almost a hundred years.